NPR (KQED): FDA Approves Ecstasy-Assisted Therapy in Marin County (Podcast)

Summary: Michael Krasny of KQED Public Radio hosts a special discussion of KQED Forum about ongoing clinical research into MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, with MDMA researcher Dr. Phil Wolfson, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD study participant Nigel McCourry, Columbia University psychiatrist Dr. Elias Dakwar, and award-winning journalist Don Lattin.

Originally appearing here.

Research on psychedelics is making a comeback, and this science-minded TV host says that’s a good thing.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a Marin therapist the green light to study whether the illegal drug ecstasy, or MDMA, is effective in treating severe anxiety and depression when taken in conjunction with psychotherapy. A notorious party drug, ecstasy has previously shown promise as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We’ll look at the latest MDMA studies and the increased medical interest in the drug, which was banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 1985.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Don Lattin, author, freelance journalist and former religion writer for the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Elias Dakwar, assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Nigel McCourry, ex-Marine who suffered from PTSD after serving in Iraq in 2004, and member of a 2012 clinical study using therapy and MDMA
  • Phil Wolfson, psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and principal investigator in the new trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy